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Old 08-12-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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We are considering building our own home on a lot. Our hunt for some land seems to have hit a stand-still though. There are open spaces here and there but no discernible way to know who owns them to ask if they would sell. Some sites have realtor contact info but they tend to be huge lots and the price is geared toward developers (well...bottom line is we can't afford them).

Are there city or county records that would have owner contact info? Our realtor says land is rarely listed (true from the looking we have done).

Thanks in advance for any insight!
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:23 PM
 
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All of the CAD websites have address and map searches. Finding the contact info might take some doing but you can get mailing addresses.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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in travis it's traviscad.org
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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Yep. Traviscad's new website even has an interactive map now that lets you click on a property and bring up the property information. If it's City of Austin, check floodplains and easements at City of Austin GIS Web Map

Outside the city FEMA has their own map tool, but it's not nearly as friendly:
https://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stor...=-1&userType=G

Of course, the only way to be sure you know about all the easements and restrictions is to pull the deeds. If it's changed hands recently enough, Travis and Bastrop counties will have the image online, otherwise you have to call or go in person:
Welcome - Travis County Public Access
Welcome - Bastrop County GRM 282b71 PROD
I've often found that the search won't pull up everything using the lot/block/subdivision information but the grantor/grantee fields almost always seem to work... you just have to weed through alot of false matches if it was owned by somebody that has owned alot of land.

Good luck!
(I'm looking myself but I'm both cheap and picky...luckily I'm also patient)
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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In Travis County Travis County Tax Office - Collecting property taxes, registering voters and motor vehicles. search by property address. You can often put in the street name and it will list all of the properties on that street.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Thank you! This is a big help!
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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conveniently every county in texas seems to have one of these sites. They arent all as nice as traviscad, but you can pull all the basic info.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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If you're physically there, I imagine the county assessor has all that information too. I'm in Wyoming, and most assessors here have sites on the internet now where you can go home and take your time browsing their site. I'm just guessing that Texas is about the same.
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